PAXTON, Mass.—The AMCATS fell to Amherst College 75-64 on Monday night on the campus of Anna Maria College. The loss drops the AMCATS to 0-4 on the season while the Purple and White improve to 3-0.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Freshman Michael Rapoza (Charlton, Mass.) went 6-of-10 from the floor and 10-of-11 from the free throw line en route to a game-high 22 points in addition to pulling in a game-high seven boards. Liam Pickett (Oxford, Mass.) added 10 points off the bench, while Kenneth Graham (West Haven, Conn.) chipped in eight points in the losing effort.
In the first half, Jacob Nabatoff canned an early three-pointer to give Amherst a 5-2 advantage less than two minutes into the contest. The sides played to three tie scores before a Nabatoff layup at the 14:34 mark gave the Purple & White a 12-9 lead. At the 12:06 mark, Malik Forouzan (Houston, Texas) powered in a bucket in the paint to give Anna Maria a 15-14 edge. From there, McCarthy made four straight baskets, including a swish from three-point range with 8:54 left in the frame to help the visitors stake a 23-17 lead.
The AMCATS responded with a pair of Mike Rapoza free throws, and a Rapoza layup to pull Anna Maria to within two at 23-21. With 4:16 remaining in the first half, Forouzan drained a three to pull the AMCATS to within one (29-28), but Amherst scored seven straight points as McCarthy swished a shot from beyond-the-arc, while Jayde Dawson and Nabatoff added layups to make it 36-28 with 1:01 on the clock. A pair of Liam Pickett free throws made it 36-30, before Dawson knocked down a three-pointer with 23 seconds left, and then blocked a three-point attempt by David Jean-Louis (Miramar, Fla.) to close out the half with the Purple & White holding a 39-30 lead.